Listening to the latest podcast has made me think. Now I suspect that those of us that use this forum do so because of a shared way of thinking. This encompasses embracing changing, adapting or evolving training methods in the constant pursuit of the most effective way of training.
I'm constantly looking for ways to keep warm ups effective and safe, fun, purposeful and time-efficient. I have a variety of classes on offer at the moment in terms of a juniors class, an adults class, a "family class" and also an all-ages Kickboxing class. How I run warm-ups for each of those does differ.
I'm currently looking to change how we conduct stretching in class and a debate on safe stretching methods has been ignited at the Aikido club that I attend.
So how do we all conduct our warm-ups? What do they consist of, and in what order? What types of stetching do we do?
For classes other than Kickboxing I've abandoned press-ups as I fail to see their benefit for pragmatic training. I'm working more drills in. We do a lot more punching and kicking earlier in class now almost as an extension of warm-up into CV work, prior to the more technique and fine skills.